Jon Gruden had a crowded backfield by this time last offseason, having restructured the contract of Marshawn Lynch and signing free agent Doug Martin. As it stands, Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and Chris Warren III are the lone backs under contract. Hence, it’s looking more and more likely that Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock
Steve has covered the Raiders in some capacity since their return to Oakland in 1995. He was the full-time beat writer from 1997-2010. for the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News and covered more than 400 NFL games, including four Super Bowls. He also is the co-author of a recently released book titled "Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield."